If you see a doctor, especially a cardiologist, you may forget to ask the most important questions to understand your condition. Here are some simple but very important ones that you should not forget to ask.
A visit to a cardiologist for the first time is nothing to look forward to. You are anxious and probably forget in your anxiety to ask some questions that you wanted to ask, especially if your cardiologist does not have too much time available. It is better to prepare yourself with a list of questions that you can share with the escort if you forget them, or even better, write them down.
Your questions would depend on whether you go Ask the cardiologist for specific symptoms or problems, or get a preventative check-up. Here are some important questions about cardiology and heart health. Tilak Suvarna, senior interventional cardiologist at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai.
Here are five questions you should definitely ask your cardiologist on your first visit:
1. Are my symptoms related to the heart?
- If you go to a cardiologist for some symptoms, you should know if these symptoms are due to the heart or not. It often happens that symptoms of chest pain, which turn out to be musculoskeletal or gastric, or even anxiety, occur.
- On the other hand, it is not uncommon to confuse symptoms of heart attack or angina pectoris as a result of "gas." or "acid".
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2. Which preferably non-invasive tests could be performed to diagnose the cause of my symptoms?
- If your symptoms of a heart attack are suspicious, an electrocardiogram (ECG) and a simple blood test (heart enzyme) are recommended – troponin).
- If your symptoms indicate angina, you may want to use an ECG, possibly a 2D echo and treadmill exercise test.
3. What risk do I have for a heart attack and how can I reduce this risk?
- When you visit a cardiologist for a checkup, you should know what your future heart attack or stroke risk is. There are simple algorithms that your cardiologist can use to teach you the relative risk of a heart attack.
- If you know your risk, you should ask for action that needs to be taken to reduce this risk. These usually include some tests, lifestyle changes and sometimes medications.
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4. Which lifestyle changes need to be adopted for a healthy heart?
Lifestyle changes are significant and you should know what they are. These include physical activity, a heart-healthy diet, cessation of smoking, weight reduction in overweight or obesity, and avoidance or management of stress.
5. Are There Alternative Options for Invasive Surgery (Angioplasty or Bypass Surgery)?
If you have been advised to undergo angioplasty or bypass surgery or any other surgical or interventional procedure, you should ask your cardiologist if there are alternative non-surgical procedures. An interventional option is possible in your particular case and in the pros and cons of either.
With contributions by Dr. med. Tilak Suvarna, senior interventional cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai
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